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The lead anesthesiologist in Joan Rivers’ doomed clinic visit was also the target of a malpractice lawsuit in the Bronx where a mother died in childbirth while undergoing a C-section, the Daily News has learned.

Dr. Renuka Bankulla and Bronx Lebanon Hospital ultimately settled the lawsuit in 2005 for $4 million: $1 million to the estate of the mother, Consuelo Martinez, and $3 million to her son, Erik, who sustained injuries, according to court papers filed in Bronx Supreme Court.

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